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Think about some of the things that made you
unwell and unable to work. Where any of these connected with
your work? If so, you can
suggest some ‘reasonable adjustments’ to change the
way that you work.
Your employer can help you get back to work by
telling you any any developments or changes that have happened
while you were away. You need to think about what you want to
tell your colleagues and clients about your absence and any
changes to your work.
The ‘Line managers’ resource’
is a practical guide to managing and supporting people with mental
health problems in the workplace. Although this guide is
aimed at line managers, it includes useful information for
employees too. There is a section on ‘Keeping in touch during
sickness absence’ with tips on how best to maintain
contact. There is also a section with guidance on
preparing to return to work.
and Safety Executive
Although these pages are
aimed at employers, they contain useful information on good
practice and the link to the ‘Return
to work questionnaire’ which could help you to identify the
demands which may have exacerbated your illness, the support and
changes you would like to see as part of your return to work. There
are also links to sources of advice and
help when returning to work
Fit for Work Services
Fit for Work Services help
people to stay in or return to work more quickly after illness or
when they develop a health condition or impairment. There are
a number of schemes around the UK run by case managers who work to
ensure that clients receive appropriate support on time. The
scheme is guaranteed to run until March 2013.
Health Work Wellbeing
Health, Work and Well-being
is a cross-Government initiative to protect and improve the health
and well-being of working age people. It includes case studies,
links and resources. The case studies are particularly useful
in providing ideas on working with your employer to improve health
and wellbeing in the workplace.
Forum on Disability
line manager guide’ includes a return to work checklist, a keeping
in touch during sick leave agreement and extensive examples of
A Return to Work
This website has articles on
topics including ‘returning to work after illness’.
and thriving at work is a suite of toolkits,
training, and advice from Radar (Royal Association of Disability
Rights) which offer an easy frame work for surviving and thriving
Access to Work is a valuable Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) scheme designed to financially assist employers with
costs beyond that of reasonable adjustments, helping to produce a
more efficient support system in the workplace.
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